In his first semester at Theological College (the Sulpician seminary at Catholic University in Washington), Michael was recently accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Washington...and he couldn't have been happier. (It was the subject of the last email I received from him back in May.) In the face of many challenges--and big ones, besides--he desired nothing more than to be a priest. It seems that Michael suffered a heart attack while exercising in the seminary gym on Saturday. He was just 40 years old.
Though his Mom and Dad live in Maryland, Michael had some longtime family connections here in the Adirondack Mountains of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. During an "in between" time, he stayed with me for several months in the rectory in Old Forge. Michael was deeply devoted to his family, and will no doubt leave a gaping hole in the midst of his parents, his brothers and sister, and the next generation of little ones...of whom he could never stop
Michael's funeral will be celebrated tomorrow at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, MD, with burial to follow in St. Michael's Cemetery in Mount Airy, MD.
Please join me in praying for Michael, for his grieving family, as well as for the seminary community he leaves behind.
Rest in peace, my friend.